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GOP Voter Suppression ID Laws May Affect Millions of Legal Voters


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Cal
- 742 days ago - alternet.org
The Brennan Center's report doubles its estimated impact from last fall as 2012 voting rights litigation heats up.



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John S. (297)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 4:13 am
Thanks.
 

Azaima A. (218)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 5:05 am
that's the point
 

Maggie S. (40)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 6:01 am
The Regressionist Party knows it cannot win any election honestly! They are despicable! They should all be replaced at every level!
 

TomCat S. (286)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 6:56 am
That's exactly what Republicans intend them to do.
 

Elle B. (81)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 9:13 am
Hey...what the holy hill happened to ad infinitum ad nauseam "too much governement regulation" and "less government interference" ...where's that loud little off-key choir now?! Fraud prevention?!! This must be national auditions for "How Lame Can We Get" another GOP [we make the] reality show! “Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.” ― William Shakespeare

This election is going to make Gore v. Bush look like a trial run. . .those that know what this creep show is up to better decide right now how to respond after they steal it. . .because they do plan to take it by hook or crook...and they will sabotage. The campaign is a front...off camera is where the real felonious wile and guile is rolled out...just how the little GOP Beelzebub wannabes roll.

“The obvious types of American fascists are dealt with on the air and in the press. These demagogues and stooges are fronts for others. Dangerous as these people may be, they are not so significant as thousands of other people who have never been mentioned." ― Henry A. Wallace

"We know all those facts about Florida and what Katherine Harris did, and the private firm that took African-Americans off the voting rolls and prohibited them from voting. But I've been surprised in this first week how many average Americans were not aware of all of the trickery and deceit that took place in the year before the election to fix it for George W. Bush." ― Michael Moore

"Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!” ― William Shakespeare
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 9:35 am
Most would probably see this as a GOP ploy, I see it as a safeguard against creating another Florida mess, and to sift out people who are not eligible to vote.
Getting a ride for this photo id, sounds like a much bigger ordeal than it really is. Talk about blowing something out of proportion...
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 9:53 am
There is a much, much more efficient way to combat any vote-suppression through these laws than legal challenge:

I just ran the numbers with GreyHound bus rental-rates, and for ~ $2000, I could bus well over 1000 people 10 miles to an ID-issuing office, and back, during normal business-hours. Overloading them substantially for even a few days would expose the need for more staff and longer hours, something no government could refuse, especially if either party can gather volunteers to be some of that extra staff. One day of that at every office in a state would probably do the trick in a way that could not be appealed to a higher court.
 

Gene Jacobson (247)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 12:22 pm
"Stricter new voter ID laws passed by GOP-controlled legislatures have the potential to affect millions of voters in 10 states this fall, including large numbers in the presidential swing states of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to a new report by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School."

I watched Rachel Maddow interview the head of the Brennan Center last night on her show. It is no coincidence that most of those voters are those who are likely Democrats. Wisconsin's law has already been struck down. I have high hopes the others will be too. As he pointed out, a poll tax is unconstitutional, and even these "free" government id's are NOT, they cost from $8 to $25 plus the cost of whatever other documents you might have to procure, like birth certificates, to prove you are still who you have always been. This is a backdoor poll tax and these laws cannot stand judicial scrutiny. It isn't like they haven't tried this before, with the Jim Crow laws, it is WHY the poll tax is prohibited since it prevents many legitimate voters from exercising the ONE absolute right all free citizens have in this country, the right to exercise the franchise, to vote. It is disgusting what these Repubicans have done and are trying to do but it won't work and it won't win them anything but the unflagging enmity of all who value the right to vote in our country.

 

Dave C. (213)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 7:20 pm
part of the repuglicon goal is suppress any voter who may not vote for them.
 

Esther Z. (101)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 10:14 pm
The Repugs can't win new converts legitimately so they have to resort to underhanded, Un-American, dirty schemes to get the vote. Shameful behaviour for a party who call themselves the "true patriots"! Shameful!!
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday July 20, 2012, 1:43 am
The only voters the GOP cares about are the ones that will vote for their party and their party only. As far as they're concerned everyone else can go eat cake.
 

Jessie Dijkstra (42)
Friday July 20, 2012, 7:56 am
disgusted,sad,noted,shared,thanks
 

Leslie Gaiter (3)
Friday July 20, 2012, 9:03 am
I have little problem with any state requiring voters to produce a valid picture ID. But just as voter registration is free the ID required to vote should also be free. Each state should reach out to their currently registered citizens identifying those without the correct ID and then providing the necessary ID without charge.
 

Joy L. (7)
Friday July 20, 2012, 4:06 pm
The republicans are so desperate they will stop at nothing to win this election I hope people are smarter and check their status before heading out to the polls. How sad are these people? Are these the people we want to run our country ... Please remember to vote and vote like your life depends on it because it does.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 2:52 pm
It should be a requirement for any voter in the US to have a state or government issued ID.
 
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